Epson EH-TW6000W Review
Epson EH-TW6000W is the first projector to combine crosstalk-free 3D with wireless HDMI transmission. Epson has made some big strides with the cosmetics of this range. The 6000 series is all soft curves, with a centrally located lens flanked by intake and exhaust vents. The model is available in black and white, thereby serving both the general residential market and the dedicated home theater builder. The projector uses a 0.61in LCD system and projects at a 16:9 ratio with a brightness of 2,200 lumens and a 40,000:1 contrast ratio. It has dual-HDMI inputs as well as a VGA port and an old-school composite connection. It also has dual 10W speakers that sound almost passable and for those who plan to hang it from the ceiling, it weighs 6kg. The wireless feature uses a new standard – Wireless HD - which is backed by the big names in consumer electronics. It’s an ideal application for projection systems as it overcomes the need to trail cable from the AV source device which is typically located in front of the viewing position near the screen, to the projector, which is necessarily located at the rear of the room, behind the viewer. The projector comes with a separate transmitter module into which you plug the HDMI output from your home theatre receiver or source device. This uses an incredibly high 60GHz band to transmit the signal up to ten meters. Normally this frequency requires line of sight, but Wireless HD bounces the signal around most obstacles. It’s important to note that the transmitted signal is the full uncompressed video so there is no loss of quality. The 3D technology used is active: the left and right eye images are flashed in turn upon the screen and the active liquid crystal shutter eyewear (two pairs are provided) flash in synchronization with this. The projector has an infrared sync transmitter built in (this reflected reliably from my projection screen back to the glasses, providing solid performance). An extension socket is provided for an optional sync transmitter to deal with some difficult environments. The projector uses Epson’s 3 panel LCD tech, offering full high definition video. It also has two speakers built in and two ten watt amplifiers. Installation is easy with a decent optical zoom of 1.6x giving you the flexibility of having the projector up close or further back and offering a good degree of adjustment. The EH-TW6000W features automatic vertical keystone the screen image is auto adjusted when you tilt the projector up or down. The horizontal keystone is simply adjusted with a slider control above the lens allowing you to have the projector off centre. The 3D performance on this projector is exceptional. Unlike the cinema that use the passive glasses the Epson uses active shutter glasses. These give you a better experience where both the foreground and background images stay sharp. The Epson also uses a much faster 3D system than some of the first 3D projectors of 480hz giving you a smoother moving image and a lot more brightness coming through the glasses. 2D performance was excellent, with deep black shading great color and a crisp clear high resolution meant a good detailed image. It offers quiet operation and is bright enough for a lit room though will be louder when you have it on the high brightness mode. The EH-TW6000W is one of the quietest around. With eco mode on, the fan is very quiet, but in 3D the video projector makes up for the lack of brightness when using the glasses by increasing the power of the lamp. This makes the projector heat up and the fan goes faster, creating more noise. Energy consumption is a little higher than on the competitor solutions. It has a reading of 225 Watts. But in standby, it is under 1 Watt. Overall, the Epson EH-TW6000W is an excellent general consumer video projector. The 3D implementation is surprisingly good and it's bright enough for casual games use. And with the Wireless-HD transmitter and you have a thoroughly compelling package.